07 January 2016

As Above So Below

I heard a guy on the radio a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed listening to what he had to say. I knew I wanted to get his book, but had not looked online for it. Went to the thrift store about three days after hearing him and low and behold, the book was on the shelf and almost reached out and grabbed me when I walked by.

I was at the hospital most of the day and took it with me to have something for distraction. There are no words to express how much I LOVE this book.Wow! I just love it when the Universe hears me and delivers. I plan on going to bed a little earlier tonight and spend some more time discovering the priceless gems this book has to offer.



As Above So Below 
An exploration of spirituality discusses finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, the Western spiritual tradition, transpersonal psychology, shamanism, mythology, feminine spirituality, and more

If you ever run across this book, I recommend you buying it. It's fabulous!

Part of Truman's new addition. Hung out here much of the day. :(




05 October 2015

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili

I made Chicken, Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili on Sunday. It turned out delicious.



Here's a list of ingredients, but I did my own thing.

I chopped a medium onion, a couple of minced garlic cloves. I chopped two sweet potatoes, 1 can of black bean, any kind of bean would work. 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 box of chicken broth, 1 tbls. of chicken bouillon, 2 cups water, 1 cup of washed, organic quinoa, 2 uncooked chicken breast, 1 tbls. dried parsley, a splash of worcestershire sauce, and 1 packet of chili seasoning. I put all this in a soup pot, covered and cooked on medium until thicken and everything was cooked. I took the chicken out, shredded it, added back to chili, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

Topped with our favorite toppings, chopped avocado, chopped green onion, chopped cilantro, fresh lime, and shredded cheese. Toasted corn chips with garlic salt.



02 October 2015

Pork Chili Verde

It's hard to believe that summer is gone. It makes me a bit sad, but really loving the fall weather we're having. I totally enjoyed the Super Blood Moon. I don't have the camera equipment to get good photos, but I sure tried. The super moon. Totally magical.

Photo by SPBM

I made a Pork Chili Verde tonight and it was AMAZING!!! 
It will be a staple this fall and winter.
You can find the recipe here at Heather Christo.



photo by spbm

Let me tell you, MAKE THIS!!!
You will be happy you did.


25 September 2015

Friday Night Soup

It's been a busy week trying to track down medications for David. For some strange reason, medicare has decided they want to discuss with his doctor why he is being prescribed Digoxin, a heart medication. He has been without it all week. Trying to get hold of one of his doctors has been a nightmare. You cannot just call Truman and get a message to his doctor, impossible. So we called his heart doctor, they called in the wrong prescription to the pharmacy. So, here we are on Friday night, weekend ahead, no way to talk to the doctor's offices or anyone related about this. We have several hours and I do mean several, like about 6 hours just today, trying to straighten this mess out. We've called Claire McCaskill's office, talked to someone one time, now the calls just go straight to voice mail??? If he starts having any chest pains at all we'll have to go to ER. So ridiculous!!! I don't think people who have never dealt with these sorts of problems have any idea how much time it takes and how much mental and physical energy it takes to deal with it. One phone call can literally take 2 hours by the time you sit on hold and get passed around from one person to another. 

On another note, Ada got her fox quilt today and loved it. 

Photo: EDF

For dinner tonight I made a white bean, kale and vegetable soup. Turned out delicious,
packed with flavor.

 Photos: SPBM

Happy Weekend to all!

22 September 2015

Fancy Fox Quilt For Ada

It's been a busy week so far. As of 3:00 pm today I finished Ada's Fancy Fox Quilt. It is absolutely beautiful!!! I couldn't be happier with it. I have washed and dried it, and it is all soft, clean, and sweet smelling to be mailed to her tomorrow. Her brother has a blue one and even though I had made her another quilt, she wanted a fox quilt. She now has one. 

Photos: SPBM 
This is the back of the quilt.
I love the back of it, pretty enough to be used as the quilt.
  
Photo: SPBM
So happy to have it done.

And, I made her some napkins for her lunch box. She wanted some Hello Kitty, and I made her a couple of Halloween and Christmas napkins for the holidays. I need to get some Thanksgiving fabric, so she can have some for Thanksgiving.
Should make lunch time more fun.

And for some eating...it's tomato soup.

Last week I made some awesome tomato and basil soup. 
My own recipe, so all I can do is give you a list of ingredients. 
It was the best tomato soup ever. 
I used 1 box of tomatoes
1 red pepper
2 regular cans of stewed tomatoes
1 box chicken stock or broth
2 yellow onions
A couple tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves
1 tbls. parsley
kosher salt to taste
ground pepper to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teas. dried thyme (maybe a little more)
1/2 teas. crushed red pepper flakes
About 3-4 cups fresh basil.

I drained the canned tomatoes, saving the juice in a bowl. I cut the fresh tomatoes in half - they were not very large -added them to a olive oil coated cookie sheet and added the drained stewed tomatoes, and sliced red pepper. Drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and ground pepper.Baked in a 400 degree oven until they look a bit caramelized. 
I added approximately 2 tbls. olive oil to a pan and cooked the chopped onion until tender, added crushed garlic cloves and stirred around a minute or two. 
Added juice from canned tomatoes and chicken broth to pot with onions and garlic, added spices, crushed red pepper, thyme, and cumin, and chopped fresh basil.
Added the roasted tomatoes and pepper, cooked uncovered until it thicken and reduced just a little. I used my hand blender and pureed just a little, leaving chunks and texture to the soup. 
Topped with colby jack cheese and chopped basil. 
Made some cheese quesadillas to go with the soup.
Let me tell you, it was perfect!!!
A great fall dinner.

You can easily add or subtract to suit your taste. I use a lot of herbs and spices, and you may not like so much. We loved it. 



18 September 2015

16 September 2015

Delicious Roasted Red Pepper and Potato Soup

I made a new soup tonight. I found it here. It is so easy and so delicious! They had some beautiful fresh corn on the cob at the store today and I could not resist getting an ear for the soup.

 Photo: SPBM
The only changes I made were using chicken broth in place of vegetable broth. I added the kernels from one ear of corn, some dried parsley and dried basil. I also used small potatoes with the skin left on, gave it a really nice earthy flavor.
 It will be a regular this winter. 

 Photo: SPBM
Find the recipe at Baking with Blondie

14 September 2015

Soup Time

 photo SPBM

So I made the best Chicken Tortilla Soup last night. I started with a recipe but ended up doing my own thing. Here's the recipe I started with. I made mine on top of the stove, and cooked the chicken with the soup, cut it up after it cooked. I added extra seasonings, parsley and cilantro. I did not drain the tomatoes and I used frozen corn. 

 Photo: SPBM

I brushed corn tortillas with olive oil and sprinkled a mixture of garlic and onion powder, smoked salt, and smoked paprika over the tortilla and cut them in strips. Baked them in a 350 degree oven until crispy. They were amazing!
The soup was so delicious I am making it again tonight. 

Photo: BPBM

I found some organic peaches at the store, they were huge. I cut one in half, skin and all, added coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, a slice of butter on each and chopped walnuts on top. Baked them in a 325 degree oven until they looked done. They were also delicious!!! Made a great dessert. Would have been even better with some fresh whipped cream.

Photo is before they went into the oven. My camera battery died and could not get a pic after they had cooked.

Update:

Yep, I made another pot of this amazing soup.

Photos: SPBM
I can't tell you in words how great this soup is. Seriously.